Including architecture in a painting is always a great way to create interest and hold the viewer’s attention. Additionally, some sort of manmade structure in nature is usually an engaging subject. The important thing is to look for an interesting pattern of light and shadow, as you would with any composition. Structures can range from the simple inclusion of a shed or barn in a rural landscape to a full-blown cityscape that features very little natural elements. Either way, it is the light that breathes life into any subject, whether it be indoors or out.
Read John Hughes’ article on painting architecture in the December 2011 edition of 15 Bytes.